MANSFIELD (WJER) (June 15, 2023) – We’ll soon find out whether this year’s Miss Clayland will advance to the nationwide competition for the chance to become the next Miss America.
Caitlin Seifert is competing in the qualifying rounds for Saturday’s Miss Ohio Pageant. Miss Clayland Director Martha Campbell has been offering advice and encouragement over the phone and will be there cheering her on Saturday as the judges announce the 10 contestants who will compete for the crown that evening.
“She’s such a genuinely kind person, and so it always makes it so much easier when you have young women in the program that are like that, so we just continue to encourage her. During the week, we send cards and notes to her just so she knows that even though we’re an hour and a half away from her that we’re really right there with her in spirit.”
Seifert will get to show off her baton-twirling skills later this evening and will be back on stage again Friday night modeling her evening wear and talking about her social impact initiative, which is “Turn a Key: Opening the Door to Volunteerism.” Campbell says Seifert practices what she preaches and has spent many hours helping out in Tuscarawas County since becoming Miss Clayland last October.
“She’s helped at the Ohio State Alumni’s Kids Crafternoon. She was at the Clay Museum’s Princess Tea. She’s been here for several parades in the area, and she also came and was a storyteller for the Polar Express train ride, so it’s been really nice to have her back in the community and so everybody else gets the opporunity to meet her and then can help cheer her on as she competes for the title of Miss Ohio.”
Six past Miss Clayland winners were crowned Miss Ohio but only one has ever gone on to become Miss America. That was Susan Perkins back in 1977.